2x24" (1920x1080 + 1 27" (2560x1440) - Gaming / Eyefinity

nameBrandon

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Just curious if anyone has done this setup? Clearly the 2560 will be down-rezed to 1920x1080 for eyefinity, but I'm curious how much an impact non-native resolution will be for multi-monitor gaming, and if I should even bother.

Currently I have 2x24" @ 1920x1080, and a third craptastic 20" @ 1680x1050 so I want to replace it. I need a displayport for Eyefinity (I tried an active MDP adapter with no luck) so I wanted to pick up a 27" that has a built in DP. There aren't that many quality 1920x1080 27" with DP that interest me, so I was thinking a decent 27" @ 2560 would be useful for extended desktop purposes.

Any reason I should NOT do this? I think I'd enjoy the larger real-estate, and better resolution for single monitor gaming, and for eyefinity, I can certainly live with 3x1920x1080. I'm ok with the size-mismatch of the monitors, I've seen some pics and it doesn't look that bad.

FWIW, I'm running 2x 6950 right now (non-crossfire, currently), but will probably move to 2x7950 within the next couple of months (already have the cards).

I'm looking at either this guy (that fat bezel is kind of turning me off, though)

http://www.amazon.com/Nixeus-27-Inch-Resolution-2560x1440-NX-VUE27/dp/B008M08SN6

or this guy.. (I don't want 16:10, since the other two are already 16:9)

http://www.amazon.com/PB278Q-27-Inch-LED-lit-Professional-Graphics/dp/B009C3M7H0

Thanks for any input / suggestions!
 

nameBrandon

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Looking for a little feedback.. anyone with a 2560 monitor ever game on it at 1920x1080/1200? How bad is non native resolution for gaming (let's say FPS).
 

Cobra Rob

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I have never tried the eyefinity with mine but I have 2 of the Korean 27". I play everything at 1920x1800 on them. It definitely looks better at native rez but the playability if much better at the lower due to framerate. My opinion is once you get past the initial setting change it's great. If you never saw the game in native you would not have any complaints about the down rezed version especially for FPS.
 

rtangwai

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I've tried 1920x1200 on a 30" 2560x1600. Really didn't like it as it was fuzzy, but that's with the internal scaler of the monitor. I've never tried it with GPU scaling. Will you be using a 27" with a scaler?
 

General Lee

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I'm doing a 27" 1440p center + 27" 1080p side monitors. My Dell U2713HM seems to scale to 1080p just fine. I wouldn't consider mixed size monitors though, imo it looks pretty bad in eyefinity.
 

Skripka

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PLP or 3xL Eyefinity as proposed doesn't work. It isn't about the resolution of the panel it is also the creen diagonal and bezel size....which Nvidia and AMD know by reading the EDID info onboard the panels.

Either get a 30"er, or get 3x1080 panels.
 

General Lee

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Eyefinity isn't tied down to EDID like it used to, so different sized monitors work just fine. You're right about PLP though no one was suggesting it.
 

nameBrandon

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Thanks everyone for the feedback! :)

Sounds like it's worth a shot.. My main usage for the PC is non-gaming (~80% of the time) so the extra real estate would be great with the higher res 27". As far as mixing monitor sizes and eyefinity, I was going off of this thread, which really doesn't look that bad (to me at least).

http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1461030

Hot linking the photos below.. It would almost seem like your peripheral vision would kind of blend the two smaller images on the side, since your main eye focus will be on the center screen. I'm sure it's subjective, but I don't see anything wrong with this setup.

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27SW.jpg


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And another from the same thread (different poster)

IMG_0455.jpg
 

nameBrandon

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Thanks all.. what I ended up doing was getting 2 monitors.. The 27 Asus 1440p and the 24" Asus 144hz.. We'll see if the size + res of the 27" monitor is better than the 144hz and matching size/resolution of the 24". Should have them in later this week to determine which is the better fit for my usage.
 
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